Common name: Trumpet Tree
Malay name: Pokok Trompet Mawar
Scientific name: Tabebuia pentaphylla
Conservation status: Cultivated, Naturalised, Introduced (Central & South America)
A medium-sized or large tree that sheds leaves seasonally. There are five pointed leaves per leaf stalk. Flowers are pink or white, trumpet-shaped and five-petaled. Flowering is triggered by dry season. Produces long, slender fruits that split open when mature.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds,stem cuttings or air-layering
Ecological function: Provide shade
Soil: Sand, loam, clay
Moisture: Well-drained, fertile soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Ornamental, timber
Interesting fact: In Malaysia, this tree is known as the “Cherry Blossoms of Penang” after its pink flowers which are much like the cherry blossoms of Japan. Other local nicknames for the plant include “tissue paper tree”, referring to its thin petals. Flowers form a spectacular pink carpet on the ground around the tree when it falls.